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Mental distractions can contribute to car accidents

Distracted drivers are seen on Pennsylvania roads every day. Most times they are pretty easy to spot. They are the ones putting on makeup, fixing their hair, eating, reading or playing with their cell phones or other electronics. Their lack of attention to what is going on around them is obvious, as they struggle to remain in their lane, fail to follow traffic signals or signs or even cause accidents. When car accidents happen as a result of drivers being distracted, they may be held responsible for any losses suffered by their victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their victims' loved ones.

The distractions previously mentioned are the ones that are mostly commonly discussed. There is another form of distraction that can be just as dangerous, though. This is known as cognitive distractions.

Cognitive distractions are when a driver's mental focus is on something other than operating his or her vehicle and watching his or her surroundings. This can happen while using hands-free devices to talk on cell phones, using voice commands to operate one's vehicle or simply by thinking about everything but the main task at hand. Cognitive distractions are dangerous because they reduce a driver's overall reaction time, often leading to auto accidents.

Pennsylvania residents who have been involved in car accidents with drivers they suspect were distracted may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses they have experienced. This can be done by filing civil claims in court with the assistance of a skilled attorney. Those cases in which negligence can be established successfully may be awarded monetary judgments.

Source: exchange.aaa.com, "Distracted Driving", Accessed on March 18, 2017

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